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Believe it or not, there are already multiple pet toxins in your home right now. With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s even easier for pets to get into things they shouldn’t! Here, your Tipp City, OH veterinarian tells you what to be on the lookout for, and how to help your pet avoid any danger.
There are plenty of foods that aren’t safe for pets, and it’s likely that many of them are floating around your home during the holiday season. The list includes onions, garlic, chives, leeks, scallions, shallots, grapes and raisins, chocolate, candy, gum, avocado, salty items, fatty foods, caffeinated foods and beverages, and more. Keep all harmful foods off of countertops so that pets can’t swipe them down.
Pesticide and rodenticide products are a particular problem in colder climates; when pests seek warmth inside our homes, we might use pesticides to ward them off. Pesticide products, though, can also poison our animal companions! It’s important to place these substances with extreme caution in areas that pets can’t reach. Even better, research non-toxic, pet-safe alternative options.
Did you know that a variety of cleaning supplies—just about anything found in your cleaning closet, in fact—can cause harm to a pet who manages to swallow them? Everything from household disinfectants and toilet bowl cleaner to carpet shampoo and furniture polish poses a threat. Keep pets elsewhere when using strong chemicals, and shut the supply closet door tightly at all times.
Antifreeze is another cold-weather climate hazard; we add it to our cars’ engines to keep them functioning in the winter. Keep in mind, though, that antifreeze is one of the most dangerous pet poisons out there. It contains ethylene glycol, a toxic alcohol that can poison pets quickly. It even smells and tastes sweet, which may attract animals. Use antifreeze carefully so that you don’t spill it, and make sure your pet stays indoors until you’re done.
Indoor and outdoor plants are a constant poisoning threat for pets. Lilies, ivy, rhododendron or azalea, the sago palm, daffodils, tulips, oleander, various types of aloe plants… the list of toxic plants and flowers goes on and on. Ask your vet what types of dangerous plants are common in your area, and remove any offenders from your home immediately.
Talk to your Tipp City, OH vet for more information.